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Three generations get behind the wheel at TriMet

Agency honors mother whose daughter and granddaughter also drive buses
by: Courtesy of TriMet Marcia Marks, far right, began driving for TriMet 13 years ago. Her daughter, Sandy Guengerich, center, started at TriMet around the same time. Cheree Marks, left, Marcia's granddaughter, also drives for TriMet.

TriMet is making Mother's Day special for three generations of women who make their living behind the wheel.

Marcia Marks, 66, began driving for TriMet 13 years ago. Her daughter, Sandy Guengerich, 44, started at TriMet around the same time. Four years ago, Cheree Marks, 25, Sandy's daughter and Marcia's granddaughter, also began working for TriMet.

On Sunday, the transit agency will honor Marcia Marks, who retires May 24.

Marcia is a Deer Island resident who starts her workday at 4:43 a.m. driving the Line 4-Division/Fessenden route. Cheree of Northeast Portland, starts her day around 1 p.m., driving a Beaverton route. Sandy, who lives in Scappoose, covers shifts for vacationing bus drivers.

'It's a blessing to work at the same place because we help each other,' Cheree Marks said. 'When I was new, my mom and grandma took me out in their own cars to learn the routes.'